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Systems Thinkers

Ramage, Magnus and Shipp, Karen (2009). Systems Thinkers. London: Open University/Springer-Verlag.

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Abstract

Systems Thinkers presents a biographical history of the field of systems thinking, by examining the life and work of thirty of its major thinkers. It discusses each thinker's key contributions, the way this contribution was expressed in practice and the relationship between their life and ideas. This discussion is supported by an extract from the thinker's own writing, to give a flavour of their work and to give readers a sense of which thinkers are most relevant to their own interests.

Systems thinking is necessarily interdisciplinary, so that the thinkers selected come from a wide range of areas - biology, management, physiology, anthropology, chemistry, public policy, sociology and environmental studies among others. Some are core innovators in systems ideas; some have been primarily practitioners who also advanced and popularised systems ideas; others are well-known figures who drew heavily upon systems thinking although it was not their primary discipline. A significant aim of the book is to broaden and deepen the reader's interest in systems writers, providing an appetising "taster" for each of the 30 thinkers, so that the reader is encouraged to go on to study the published works of the thinkers themselves.

Item Type: Authored Book
Copyright Holders: 2009 The Open University
ISBN: 1-84882-524-2, 978-1-84882-524-6
Extra Information: Contents:

Introduction (FULL TEXT ATTACHED)

Early Cybernetics

Chapter 1: Gregory Bateson

Chapter 2: Norbert Wiener

Chapter 3: Warren McCulloch

Chapter 4: Margaret Mead

Chapter 5: Ross Ashby

General Systems Theory

Chapter 6: Ludwig von Bertalanffy

Chapter 7: Kenneth Boulding

Chapter 8: Geoffrey Vickers

Chapter 9: Howard Odum

System Dynamics

Chapter 10: Jay Forrester

Chapter 11: Donella Meadows

Chapter 12: Peter Senge

Soft and Critical Systems

Chapter 13: C. West Churchman

Chapter 14: Russell Ackoff

Chapter 15: Peter Checkland

Chapter 16: Werner Ulrich

Chapter 17: Michael Jackson

Later Cybernetics

Chapter 18: Heinz von Foerster

Chapter 19: Stafford Beer

Chapter 20: Humberto Maturana

Chapter 21: Niklas Luhmann

Chapter 22: Paul Watzlawick

Complexity Theory

Chapter 23: Ilya Prigogine

Chapter 24: Stuart Kauffman

Chapter 25: James Lovelock

Learning Systems

Chapter 26: Kurt Lewin

Chapter 27: Eric Trist

Chapter 28: Chris Argyris

Chapter 29: Donald Schön (FULL TEXT ATTACHED)

Chapter 30: Mary Catherine Bateson

Keywords: biographical history; systems ideas; systems thinkers
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Computing & Communications
Item ID: 16948
Depositing User: Magnus Ramage
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2010 15:44
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2014 16:31
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/16948
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